Pasta alla Norma is a classic pasta originating from the Sicilian city of Catania. A recipe simple in ingredients, eggplants, tomatoes, basil, garlic and Ricotta Salata, but so tasty and rich in history. The eggplants are deep fried, then tossed into a fresh tomato sauce along with the pasta and cheese. Here the recipe and legend of Pasta alla Norma!
Aloo gobi is true Indian comfort food. This recipe is a classic of the Northern regions of the Subcontinent, particularly the Punjab, but it is also prevalent in Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh. The potatoes and cauliflower florets are previously fried, then combined with a flavorful mix of spices and vegetables: delicious!
This baked tomatoes gratin recipe is a classic Italian delish, and a fun way to feed your kids with healthy ingredients! By now, this dish is typical in all the Italian regions but mainly traditional in Southern Italy. The filling may vary depending on the local cuisines and family traditions: today, I prepared an Apulian variation of baked tomatoes, but as usual, follow your taste and make your own stuffing!
Loukoumades is a typical Greek street food dessert, very popular both in and outside Greece. Its history comes from the age of the Ancient Greece: the legend tells that this recipe had been offered as a winner’s reward during the first Olympic Games! These simple pastry balls are deep-fried, then garnished with honey, sesame seeds, and dried fruit. Here the history and the recipe!
Arrabbiata sauce pasta (penne all’arrabbiata) is one of the simplest Roman recipes, and so delicious! The secret of Arrabbiata is the balance between the freshness taste of tomatoes and parsley, and the extreme spiciness of Chili peppers. Even if traditional shape of pasta is Penne, this sauce pairs perfectly with almost all the kind of pasta. Penne all’Arrabbiata is excellent just cooked, but also yummy served at room temperature like a pasta salad. Here all the secrets of this classic dish and the traditional recipe!
The Sicilian Caponata recipe is one of the most popular Italian appetizers, and so rich in history. Tasting this recipe means discovering the real soul of the island and all the Greek, Arab, Spanish, and French influences into the Sicilian cuisine, due to the several occupations over the centuries.In Sicily, the official Caponata variations are 37, and even more the family recipes! Here the history of Sicilian Caponata and the 4 most popular recipes.
Stir-fry Shiitake mushrooms is a smart and easy way to prepare a delicious Chinese-style side dish. Even if it’s possible to use other kinds of mushrooms, the Shiitake are the most traditional and appropriate. The Oyster sauce gives an unique flavor to the mushrooms, and can easily be replaced with the vegan version.
The Lyonnaise Potatoes is a popular French recipe, tasty and easy to prepare. The potatoes are previously roasted into the butter, then baked with caramelized onions and finished with fresh herbs. This vegetarian side pairs perfectly with roasted meats and white fish, but also with eggs recipe. Many chefs prefers to pan-fry the potatoes, but I prefer to bake them before finishing in a cast iron skillet.
Spanakopita is a tasty Greek savory pie filled with spinach, eggs, and feta, daily served as snack, appetizer or light lunch, and particularly appreciated by the kids! This spinach and feta pie has ancient root and probably has been influenced by the Ottoman cuisine. Here the Spanakopita recipe and history!
Palermitan Caponata recipe is probably the most worldwide famous Sicilian Caponata. This sweet and sour appetizer had been originally served as side dish, and paired with grilled Mahi Mahi. The Palermitan Caponata recipe is prepared into two different variations: the first one simpler in ingredients, the second enriched with pine nuts, raisin, and roasted almonds. Here the traditional recipe of Palermitan Caponata!